Thursday 3rd January 2019 comments: The Isle of May; ever thought about visiting? We are now a few days into the New Year and we are sure many people have started planning holidays, short-breaks or even day visits to local attractions. But have you ever considered the Isle of May?
The Isle of May is a national nature reserve owned and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and is one of the most accessible and spectacular seabird reserves in the country. Boats depart from Fife and Lothian throughout the summer months (see below for links) and once you’ve paid the boat fare, the island is free to access!
The island is home to thousands of seabirds including the largest east coast Puffin colony (we have over 40,000 PAIRS of Puffins) and home to Grey Seals. If you are really lucky you may even encounter Harbour Porpoise or Bottle-nosed Dolphins and it’s not uncommon to see Minke Whales in late summer. As well as wildlife we have history dating back to early Christianity and an impressive ‘Stevenson’ Lighthouse which is free to enter and climb to the top. However if you just want a stroll across a spectacular island, then we’ve got the place for you…
The island opens from 1st April-30th September and boats sail almost daily weather dependant. Over the next few weeks on the blog we’ll be bringing you a month-by-month guide of what to expect when visiting the island so stay tuned and find out what is best and when!
To visit the Isle of May, you can book boat journeys on-line at the various boat companies (see below)
May Princess (sails from Anstruther): https://www.isleofmayferry.com/
Osprey (sails from Anstruther): http://www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk/index.php?fullsite=1
Seabird Rib (sails from North Berwick): https://seabird.org/visit/boats/isle-of-may-landings/10/22/159